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Timber Talk 3/28/16

Posted By Gayla Fleming, Monday, March 28, 2016

Regulators could make a decision on First Energy and AEP rate proposals by the end of this month. Click here for a more in-depth article on this issue that could affect most electrical users in Ohio.
The Expo Richmond 2016 – 35th East Coast Logging and Exhibition Exposition is just around the corner. Known as the largest collection of sawmill, logging, biomass, pallet, and related equipment, supplies and services in the Eastern United States. The show is Friday, May 13, and Saturday, May 14, 2016. Early registration is due in by April 1, 2016. See the Early Registration Form here. For more info on the show, visit the website.
"Nature’s Packaging” promotes the environmental benefits of Wood Pallets and Packaging. In a joint effort of the National Wooden Pallet and Container Association, its Canadian counterpart, and the Western Pallet Association, with help from the Pallet Foundation, "Nature’s Packaging” was launched as an initiative this month. It is presented in the form of educational materials aimed at pallet users and customers, packaging sourcing departments of major companies, as well as college professors who teach courses relating to packaging, and their students. To see more about this initiative and watch a good video, visit:

Are Your Loggers Safe?? Another state conducted over 100 safety consultations with Logging Companies. They found that the most recurring safety hazards included:

  • Hard hats that were out of service (damaged)
  • No lockout/tagout device for equipment
  • Bent or missing grab rails
  • Machine horns not working
  • Lack of training records
  • Machine operating/maintenance instructions were not on site
  • Missing or damaged guards
  • Drop starting of chain saws
  • Starting of chain saws without engaging the chain brake
  • Chain saw not gripped with the thumb under the handlebar
Don’t let your employees become a statistic in an injury report. Make sure they go home to their family at the end of the day in the same condition that they arrived for work

Preventing Forestry Equipment Fires – Forestry equipment fires are both dangerous and costly. This Technical Release from the Forest Resource Association, Inc. discusses the top 5 causes of forestry equipment fires and how to avoid them.

Upcoming Events:

Loggers Chapter Meetings

  • Paint Valley Loggers Chapter – Monday, April 11 – 7:00 PM
  • South East Ohio Loggers Chapter – Wednesday, April 13 – 7:00 PM
  • East Central Ohio Loggers Chapter – Monday, April 18 – 7:00 PM

Wood Bioenergy Conference & Expo - The 4th Wood Bioenergy Conference & Expo is scheduled for April 5-6 in Atlanta, Georgia. The conference is sponsored by Wood Bioenergy and Panel World magazines and Georgia Research Institute. The Conference will feature marketing forecasts and technical presentations on industrial wood pellets. For more info on the conference, visit:

Wood Products Council to Host Wood Design Seminars in Columbus/Cleveland, April 12/13, 2016. The WoodWorks Program of the Wood Products Council will be hosting two Wood Design Seminars in Ohio that may be of interest to OFA members. According to the flyer, "This presentation will provide an introductory review of allowable uses and best design practices associated with wood-frame construction. Wood science including wood’s cell structure and moisture interaction properties will be discussed.” The seminar clearly has a softwood construction focus and is aimed at those involved with non-residential construction. The seminar in Columbus is April 12 at Smith and Wollensky and in Cleveland on April 13 at Morton’s Steakhouse. Each seminar has a $20 fee which includes lunch. You can register on-line.


Project Learning Tree (PLT) Facilitator Workshop, April 20-21, 2016, Shawnee Lodge and Conference Center. PLT-Ohio is hooking up with Project WET to co-host a facilitator workshop on April 20-21, 2016 at the Shawnee State Park Lodge and Conference Center (see flyer). PLT is a great environmental education program for youth and OFA supports its activities. Those wishing to become a PLT facilitator can attend this conference to do so. There is a $104 registration fee that covers all meals, lodging (one night) and program costs. Those wishing to participate are asked to register on-line by April 13, 2016.


The Ohio Chapter Walnut Council Spring – 2016 Field Day, Saturday, April 23, 2016. Here is a PDF with the schedule, directions, and registration information for the field day at the Walt Davis Farm near Lebanon, Ohio. The field trip will include tours of his tree plantings and saw mill operations. A box lunch and drink will cost $10.00.


Forest and Wood Products Export Conference, April 27, 2016, OSU South Centers, Piketon, Ohio. Here is a flyer from OSU South Centers concerning the seminar there on April 27 on Forest and Wood Products Exports. The conference features Mike Snow, from the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) and Dana Spessert from NHLA. There is a $25 registration fee and the flyer has registration information.

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